Remembering

A card arrived in the mail Wednesday. A good friend remembered that my sister’s birthday is November 18. It is six months since she died and I spent her birthday with her last year. This November 18 is the first time in my life that I will not be able to say “Happy Birthday” to…

The Best Family Doctor

Every weekday at noon, I grab a cup of tea and a pile of charts and cozy up to my speaker phone. Thus prepared, I begin to call the family doctors who have referred patients to me. I speak with about 15 family doctors in the two hours between noon and 2 p.m., reviewing assessment…

A Bad Day

One day this week, I had a bad day. Much of what happened can really not be spoken about at all. Actually because of psychiatric terminology, some of it would be incomprehensible to anyone but other psychiatrists. That was one worry. The other worry was more ethical and moral. Because of that, it may only…

Loss Leader

The two pictures attached to this article were provided to my husband when he picked up a prescription this week. They are the Pharmacy’s questionnaire for people wishing to get a flu shot and the “informed consent” that they must sign in order to be inoculated. Now my husband wasn’t there for a flu shot…

Saving Family Medicine

Last week, someone who has just started reading these articles told me, “You sure write a lot about family doctors.” I don’t disagree, because I believe that family doctors are the most important doctors in health care and that, if family medicine is strong, then the rest of health care can be built around that…

New Grad Entry Program: Design Failure for Both Patients and Doctors

Late last week the Ontario Medical Association learned about another of the Liberal Government’s unilaterally developed programs for Ontario doctors. The details of this New Graduate Entry Program can be found here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ohip/bulletins/11000/bul11138.pdf Normally, I would not wade into discussing new Primary Care initiatives leaving such matters to such bloggers as Dr. Scott Wooder (https://drscottwooder.wordpress.com/)…

A Good Time to be a Doctor?

Physicians in Ontario have had a difficult week – more cuts from the government they’d like to be able to work with, and division among themselves. A number of doctors have been through difficult times before and know that, in the end, this will pass. The government will realize that it cannot run a health…